Tag Archives: Oktoberfest

• The Science of Skunky Beer (and how to prevent it)

The Science of Skunky Beer (and how to prevent it)

With October just a few days away, beer lovers are buzzing in anticipation. But there’s bad news: Even though it’s cool and breezy out, your beer can still get skunked. Although many think that “skunking,” or the phenomenon of beer developing a putrid taste and smell, is caused by heat, it’s actually caused by light […]

• Want more hops? Gadget lets you infuse beer with flavor

Want more hops? Gadget lets you infuse beer with flavor

If you’re like me and lack the patience and precision to brew your own beer (or at least to do it well), that doesn’t mean you can’t mess around with the flavor of your brews, thanks to Randall Jr., a neat vessel created by Dogfish Head that lets you add interesting ingredients into a beer […]

• October is almost over but the beer still taps into food

October is almost over but the beer still taps into food

Octoberfest does not just mean getting drunk with people below your station in life. Beer flows in more venues than just giant gardens —Rustic Canyon has managed to consolidate an entire six pack of craft (Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter) beer into their “Black Butte Porter Chocolate Tart.”  That’s right – beer and chocolate – […]

• Oktoberfest starts Oct 7. Is your arm ready for mug-holding contest?

Oktoberfest starts Oct 7. Is your arm ready for mug-holding contest?

Eins, zwei, drei. On cue, 13 men from across the country raise 13 massive, beer-filled steins out in front of their bodies with straight, outstretched arms. They hold them there, each of their brew-bearing arms parallel to the ground, one hand tightly gripping the mug’s thick glass handle. Their challenge is to hold up the […]

• Obama Gets Personalized Beer At Fundraiser: BARACKTOBERFEST

Obama Gets Personalized Beer At Fundraiser: BARACKTOBERFEST

President Barack Obama attended a $25,000-a-head fundraiser benefiting his reelection campaign and the Democratic Party Tuesday night that featured a Baracktoberfest beer at the poolside bar, according to the White House pool report. Brewed by St. Louis’ Schlafly Beers, the lager first made an appearance during the 2008 campaign when it was offered alongside “McCain’s Maverick APA,” […]

• Sierra Nevada looking to open its East Coast plant

Sierra Nevada looking to open its East Coast plant

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. flexed its muscles last Tuesday by holding two simultaneous beer dinners, at the Clyde’s of Gallery Place and Ripple in Cleveland Park, with mostly different lineups of beer. The Ripple event featured Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager, a light, clean, malty little cousin of the Oktoberfest beers that are storming the market […]

• Beer & boobs runneth over as Germany kicks off 178th annual Oktoberfest

Beer & boobs runneth over as Germany kicks off 178th annual Oktoberfest

The mayor of Munich has tapped the first keg to kick off the 178th traditional German folk festival Oktoberfest. With only two deft blows of his hammer and a cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s Tapped,” Mayor Christian Ude inserted the first tap into the first keg as the festival opened its doors to the […]

• There’s Still Time to Get to Oktoberfest!

There’s Still Time to Get to Oktoberfest!

The world’s biggest party starts in just over a month, and unlike last year’s historic 200th anniversary edition, which drew about 2 million more visitors than usual and essentially shut down Munich, there is still some space for 2011. I’ve been a couple of times, including last year’s bicentennial, and I firmly believe Oktoberfest is […]

• Guinness's trick and treat

Guinness's trick and treat

St. Patrick’s Day is 170 days away as I write this, and store windows are festooned with jack o’lanterns and black cats, not shamrocks and leprechauns. Yet a rare new release from the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, has elbowed its way in among the Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout […]

• Oktoberfest not what it used to be…end marred by crowd chaos

Oktoberfest not what it used to be…end marred by crowd chaos

Oktoberfest  shuts off its taps on Monday evening after Munich’s beer festival welcomed record numbers of visitors to its 200th anniversary celebration. But along with the crowds came chaos this weekend. Police in the Bavarian capital told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that during the annual autumn festival’s final weekend they observed an “unprecedented flow of visitors” […]

• At Oktoberfest, a Controversy Brews Over Racy Designer Dirndls

At Oktoberfest, a Controversy Brews Over Racy Designer Dirndls

Surrounded by the bratwurst stands and beer wagons of Oktoberfest, Alexandra Coroian, a 24-year-old Romanian in pigtails, pulls at the ruffle of her short scarlet dirndl, exposing a black lace petticoat underneath. “I really like these costumes,” she says, demonstrating how she hacked off the bottom half of the traditional dress. “I think I’ll wear […]

• Mugs for Thugs: Munich Oktoberfest Sees Rise in Assaults with Beer Glasses

Mugs for Thugs: Munich Oktoberfest Sees Rise in Assaults with Beer Glasses

While certain crimes are down at Oktoberfest this year, there have been more attacks with an unlikely, yet readily available, weapon: the one-liter beer stein. Some of the victims have been whisked away in ambulances with concussions and fractured skulls caused by fights involving the heavy glasses. Police at the Munich Oktoberfest say crimes such […]

• UPDATE: P.U. Germany's Oktoberfest deploys stench-eating bacteria

UPDATE: P.U. Germany's Oktoberfest deploys stench-eating bacteria

MUNICH, Germany — Germany’s giant Oktoberfest beer party, now celebrating its 200th birthday, is rising to a new challenge — stinky drinking halls — with a new weapon: stench-eating bacteria. In past years, olfactory offences in the giant tents emanating from stale beer, sweat and bratwurst could simply be masked with cigarette smoke. But now […]

• Beer tents packed as Munich's first non-smoking Oktoberfest opens

Beer tents packed as Munich's first non-smoking Oktoberfest opens

Munich – The beer tents at Oktoberfest were packed Saturday even before the mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, had officially inaugurated the annual festival beer with two whacks of a hammer to open the first keg. This year’s Oktoberfest, set to run till October 4, is the first where smoking is banned. Munich is standing […]

• Munich Marks 200th Anniversary of Oktoberfest With Brewer Truce

Munich Marks 200th Anniversary of Oktoberfest With Brewer Truce

Munich’s six main breweries are usually locked in bitter competition. But this year, they have taken the unprecedented step of joining forces to create a special beer in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Oktoberfest. The move follows a recent drive to strengthen the festival’s folk traditions. The six Munich breweries that supply the […]